an easy & natural recipe for homemade starbucks salted cream cold foam cold brew with only 4 ingredients! cold brew coffee, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, topped with a creamy salty-sweet cold foam, this salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee is the perfect salty-sweet coffee drink!
- 1 cup cold brew coffee (see Recipe Notes)
- ¼ cup skim milk (see Recipe Notes)
- ⅛ teaspoon Kosher salt (see Recipe Notes)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, divided
- Make the salted cream cold foam: Add the skim milk, Kosher salt, and ½ tablespoon of the maple syrup to a milk frother. Using the frother’s cold froth setting, froth the salted cream until thick and creamy. I do 2 cycles of cold frothing using my Nespresso frother, about 2 minutes. If you do not have a frother, you can also add everything into a jar and shake it until it gets whipped & frothy.
- Make the salted cream cold foam cold brew coffee: Add the cold brew to a glass, over ice. Stir in the remaining ½ tablespoon maple syrup. If you like a sweeter cold brew coffee, go ahead and add in a little extra maple syrup. If you like unsweetened cold brew coffee, feel free to leave it out. Pour or spoon the salted cream cold foam over top. Enjoy!
- A note on the sweetness level: I typically drink my coffee black and find the salted cream cold foam cold brew at Starbucks to be way too sweet to my liking. This recipe, as written, is a happy medium. If you like black coffee, go ahead and omit the added maple syrup in the cold brew. If you like a level of sweetness closer to Starbucks, add a full tablespoon of maple to the cold brew.
- Milk: I tested this recipe countless times with different milks, & time after time skim milk won out for the most Starbucks-like foam. It’s light + airy, and has the perfect amount of body. Using an alternative milk (nut milk, oat milk, coconut milk, etc.) may work, so long as you use a brand that you know froths well (e.g. “barista blend” style milks). Using heavy cream or half & half will result in a ridiculously creamy treat…so good, but not quite like the Starbucks version.
- Salt: This recipe, as written, uses Kosher salt, or another flaky salt, specifically. This is my favorite brand. If you are using table salt, do not use a full ⅛ teaspoon – it will be way too salty! Just use a pinch, then add more as needed!
- Cold vs hot: The salted cream cold foam is delicious over hot coffee too…just saying!
- DIY cold brew coffee: Cold brew is a staple in my kitchen, & it’s super easy to make: Add 1 cup whole coffee beans to a coffee grinder and coarsely grind. Add your coffee grounds to a French Press, along with 4 cups of water. Let it sit at room temp overnight, then enjoy all week long! This is a great coffee for cold brew. This is the grinder I’ve owned & loved for the past decade. For French presses, I’m obsessed with this one, though I also used this one for a long time!
- Other cold brew coffees: Cold brew is readily available in LOTS of different ways at the grocery store these days. This is my fave ready-made cold brew, and these cold brew coffee packs are a great convenience item.
Keywords: salted cream cold foam cold brew, cold brew coffee, iced coffee, coffee drink